There are signs of a partisan thaw in Congress that is allowing movement on healthcare legislation in the wake of the recent Medicare physician-payment overhaul. And a sharp uptick in lobbying spending by major healthcare industry groups suggests stakeholders see at least a temporary break in the...
The CMS is proposing that inpatient psychiatric facilities get a 1.6% rate increase from Medicare in fiscal 2016 under a proposed rule from the federal agency issued Friday.
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities would get a 1.7% rate increase from Medicare in fiscal 2016 under a proposed rule the CMS issued Thursday.
Congress should overhaul the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies and scrap the individual and employer mandates, the Conference Board's Committee for Economic Development said in a report issued Thursday.
House and Senate Republicans are likely to agree on a budget that abolishes the healthcare reform law. But the real discussion about 2016 spending will come as another government shutdown looms toward the end of September.
Health plans and state officials are concerned that an ambitious effort to improve coordination of care for millions of low-income and disabled Americans may not yield the cost savings the Obama administration and states hoped for—at least in the projected time frame.
Providers are raising alarms about potential cuts to Medicare that would bankroll benefits for workers hurt by future free-trade agreements.
The CMS floated a slate of tweaks to Medicare's quality- and safety-reporting requirements in its sweeping proposed rule for 2016 inpatient hospital rates.
Former U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is donning a new hat on Capitol Hill. The Pennsylvania Democrat will head the Better Medicare Alliance, a young lobbying organization funded by health insurers, providers and business groups.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott plans to sue the CMS, accusing the agency of unconstitutionally trying to force the state to expand Medicaid by ending funding that now helps Florida hospitals pay for uncompensated care for low-income and uninsured patients.
Most health policy observers don't expect the bipartisan bonhomie in Congress surrounding last week's enactment of the Medicare physician payment-reform package to last.
Data Points for the week of April 20, 2015, covered the following topics: Healthcare costs, Medicaid, CHIP, foreign-educated nurses, prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries